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Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills

Serving the Jewish Community of: Milton, Quincy, Boston, Hyde Park, Dorchester, Roslindale, Braintree & Surrounding Areas

There’s a Blessing for That!

Blessings for Food 

Bread:
.בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֺלָם הַמּוֹצִיא לֶחֶם מִן הָאָרֶץ

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Haolam, hamotzi lechem min ha’aretz.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.

 

Other Baked Foods:
.בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֺלָם בּוֺרֵא מִינֵי מְזוֺנוֺת

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Haolam, borei meenei m’zonot.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, who created all types of nourishment.

 

From a Tree:
.בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֺלָם בּוֺרֵא פְּרִי הׇעֵץ

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Haolam, borei pree ha’eitz.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, who created the fruit of the tree.

 

From the Ground or a Bush:
.בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֺלָם בּוֺרֵא פְּרִי הׇאֲדָמָה

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Haolam, borei pree ha’adamah
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, who created the fruit of the earth.

 

From a Vine:
.בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֺלָם בּוֺרֵא פְּרִי הַגָּפֶן

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Haolam, borei pree hagafen.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, who created the fruit of the vine.

 

Anything Else:
.בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֺלָם שֶׁהַכֺּל נְהִיֶה בִּדְבָרוֺ

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Haolam, shehakol n’hiyeh beedvaro.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, by whose word all things exist.


Blessings for Scents

Fragrant Spices:
.בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֺלָם בּוֺרֵא מִינֵי בְשָׂמִים

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Haolam, borei meenei v’sameem.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, who created many types of spices.

 

Fragrant Trees or Bushes:
.בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֺלָם בּוֺרֵא עָצֵי בְשָׂמִים

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Haolam, borei atzei v’sameem.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, who created fragrant trees.

 

Fragrant Flowers or Small Plants:
.בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֺלָם בּוֺרֵא עִשְׂבֵי בְשָׂמִים

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Haolam, borei asvei v’sameem.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, who created fragrant plants.

 

Fragrant Fruit:
.בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֺלָם הַנּוֺתֵן רֵיחַ טוֺב בַּפֵּירוֺת

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Haolam, hanotein rayach tov bapeirot.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, who gives good fragrance to fruit.

 

Fragrant Oils:
.בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֺלָם בּוֺרֵא שֶׁמֶן עָרֵב

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Haolam, borei shemen arev.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, who creates fragrant oil.


Blessings for Sights

Rainbow:
.בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֺלָם זוֺכֵר הַבְּרִית וְנֶאֱמָן בִּבְרִיתוֺ וְקַיָּם בְּמַאֲמָרוֺ

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Haolam, zocheir habreet v’ne’eman beevreeto v’kayam b’ma’amaro.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, who remembers the covenant and is faithful in keeping promises.

 

Trees blossoming for the first time in the year:
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֺלָם שֶׁלֺּא חִסַּר בְּעוֺלָמוֺ דָּבָר וּבָרָא בוֺ בְּרִיוֺת טוֺבוֺת וְאִילָנוֺת טוֺבִים לְהַנּוֺת בָּהֶם בְּנֵי אָדָם

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Haolam, shelo chisar b’olamo davar uvara vo b’riyot tovot v’eelanot tovim l’hanot bahem b’nai adam.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, who has withheld nothing from the world, and has created lovely creatures and beautiful trees for people to enjoy.

 

The Ocean:
.בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֺלָם שֶׁעָשָׂה אֶת הַיָּם הַגָּדוֹל

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Haolam, she’asah et hayam hagadol.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, who made the great sea.

 

Trees or creatures of unusual beauty:
.בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֺלָם שֶׁכָּכָה לוֺ בְּעוֺלָמוֺ

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Haolam, shekacha lo b’olamo.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, who has such beauty in the world.

 

Lightning, shooting stars, mountains, or sunrises/sets:
.בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֺלָם עוֺשֶׂה מַעֲשֶׂה בְרֵאשִׁית

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Haolam, oseh ma’aseh v’reisheet.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, Source of Creation.

 

A Restored Synagogue:
.בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֺלָם מַצִּיב גְּבוּל אַלְמָנָה

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Haolam, matzeev g’vool almanah.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, who restores the borders of the widow (Zion).

 

Any Unusual Sights:
.בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֺלָם פּוֹקֵחַ עִוְרִים

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Haolam, pokei’ach eev’reem.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, who gives sight to the blind.


Blessings for Actions

Handwashing:
.בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֺלָם אֲשֶׁר קִדְשָׁנוּ בְּמִצוֹתָיו וְצִוָּנוּ עַל נְטִילַת יָדָיִם

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Haolam, asher keedshanu b’meetz’votav v’tzivanu al n’tilat yadayim.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, who makes us holy in the commandments and commanded us to wash our hands.

 

Putting on a Tallit:
.בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֺלָם אֲשֶׁר קִדְשָׁנוּ בְּמִצוֹתָיו וְצִוָּנוּ לְהִתְעַטֵּף בַּצִּיצִית

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Haolam, asher keedshanu b’meetz’votav v’tzivanu l’heetateif batzeetzeet.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, who makes us holy in the commandments and commanded us to wrap ourselves in the tallit
.

 

Studying Torah:
.בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֺלָם אֲשֶׁר קִדְשָׁנוּ בְּמִצוֹתָיו וְצִוָּנוּ לַעֲסוֹק בְּדִבְרֵי תוֹרָה

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Haolam, asher keedshanu b’meetz’votav v’tzivanu la’asok b’deevray Torah.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, who makes us holy in the commandments and commanded us to engage with the words of Torah.

 

Giving Tzedakah:
.בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֺלָם אֲשֶׁר קִדְשָׁנוּ בְּמִצוֹתָיו עַל הַצְּדָקָה

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Haolam, asher keedshanu b’meetz’votav al hatzedakah.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, who makes us holy in the commandments and commanded us to perform Tzedakah.

 

For accomplishing something new:
.בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֺלָם שֶׁעָשַׂני בְּצַלְמוֹ

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Haolam, she’asani b’tzalmo.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, who made me in God’s image.


Blessings for People

Seeing someone you haven’t seen in a long time:
.בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֺלָם מְחָיֵה הַמֵּתִים

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Haolam, m’chayeh hameiteem.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, who gives life to the dead.

 

On seeing someone really knowledgeable about Torah:
.בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֺלָם שֶׁחָלַק מֵחׇכְמָתוֺ לִירֵיאָיו

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Haolam, shechalak mei’chochmato leeray’av.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, who has given wisdom to those who revere God.

 

On seeing someone who knows lots of things about lots of things:
.בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֺלָם שֶׁנָּתַן מֵחׇכְמָתוֺ לְבָשָׂר וָדָם

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Haolam, shenatan mei’chochmato l’vasar vadam.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, who has given wisdom to human beings.

 

On seeing someone of unusual appearance:
.בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֺלָם מְשַׁנֶּה הַבְּרִיּוֺת

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Haolam, m’shaneh habriyot.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, who makes people different.

 

On seeing a head of state (like a president or prime minister):
.בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֺלָם שֶׁנָּתַן מִכְּבוֹדוֹ לְבָשָׂר וָדָם

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Haolam, shenatan mik’vodo l’vasar vadam.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, who has given honor to human beings


Download the Hebrew Blessing Sheet (PDF)